ERCAcademicAdvisingStaff2017

Advising Staff

  • Sarah Spear-Barrett - Dean of Academic Advising

    Sarah Spear-Barrett - Dean of Academic Advising

    Sarah, a UC San Diego Revelle College graduate with a degree in Sociology, began her career as an Orientation Leader and Intern at Revelle College. She worked at the ASUCSD, Revelle College, UC San Diego's Muir College, and then continued from there all the way to Dean of Academic Advising here at ERC. She earned a Masters Degree in Education with a Concentration in Counseling from San Diego State University while working full time. Her favorite part about her work is mentoring the staff and implementing the advising mission of providing care and support for ERC students. One of her joys is seeing students graduate who needed a little extra support and help along the way. In her spare time, she loves to be with her husband and her three sons and enjoys the beach, friends, watching her youngest play baseball and listening to college tales of her older two sons (one of whom is a TMC student, the other attends UCI).   Her advice to students is “make the most of every opportunity inside and outside of the classroom, UC San Diego is a great place.”
  • Melissa Ellew - Assistant Dean of Advising

    Melissa Ellew - Assistant Dean of Advising

    Melissa graduated from UC San Diego's Revelle College with a B.A. in Communication.  As a student, she worked for the Academic Internship Program and found that she liked working with students so much, she came back to work at UC San Diego and is currently ERC’s Assistant Dean of Advising.  After taking some time off school (highly recommended) and while working (a bit more challenging), she completed her M.A. in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego. She finds helping students transition to UC San Diego to be very fulfilling and enjoys meeting with students. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • Baramee Peper Anan - Senior Academic Counselor

    Baramee Peper Anan - Senior Academic Counselor

    Peper graduated with a B.A in Communication and a minor in Psychology from UC San Diego's Thurgood Marshall College in 2006. During his time at UC San Diego, Peper was involved in various student organizations, most of which were related to the Campus Community Centers (LGBT Resource Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and Women’s Center). He went on to earn a Masters degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University in 2009. While in his masters program, he worked in a variety of assistantships and internships in different departments including Judicial Affairs, Residence Life, and Career Services. Peper has always cited his UC San Diego undergraduate experience as fundamentally shaping who he is today and as the motivating factor in his pursuit of a career in higher education. He enjoys being able to return to UC San Diego and give back by providing support to students and advocating for their needs while also challenging them to expand their horizons.
  • Ivonne Avila - Senior Academic Counselor

    Ivonne Avila - Senior Academic Counselor

    Ivonne, graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in History (United States) and minor in Biology.  She began her advising career as an undergraduate Peer Advisor, and discovered that she loves helping, guiding, mentoring, and teaching students. Throughout her years at UC San Diego, she worked as an undergraduate academic advisor in the departments of: Ethnic Studies, History, and Computer Science and Engineering. She took a three year break from UC San Diego, and worked as an Admissions Evaluator at SJSU. As a first generation graduate, her goal is to provide students with support and knowledge on how to make the most of their experience at UC San Diego.   On her free time, she likes to teach indoor cycling, circuit training, boot camp, play beach volleyball, and spend time with her family.  

  • Nadine Rogers - Senior Academic Counselor

    Nadine Rogers - Senior Academic Counselor

    Nadine graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her B. A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Interaction and Group Relations in 2009. As an undergraduate student she worked with Associated Students Inc., Student Orientation, Advising Registration, Beach Pride Center, and the University Honors Program. Furthermore, Nadine participated in the service learning experience, Alternative Spring Break program to assist with efforts to rebuild the thousands of houses in the Gulf region affected by Hurricane Katrina.  She went on to earn a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from San Diego State University in 2014.  While in her masters program, she interned with San Diego State University’s Student Health Promotion and San Diego City College’s Mental Health Counseling Department.  Upon graduating Nadine accepted a Mental Health position working in Alcohol and Drug Recovery and then joined UC San Diego’s Student Success Coaching Program before joining our advising team. As a first generation college student, Nadine enjoys working with students to empower them to advocate for themselves while challenging students to enhance their education both inside and outside of the classroom. During Nadine’s time off of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, and relaxing.

  • Lorna Hirae-Reese - Senior Academic Counselor and International Programs Specialist

    Lorna Hirae-Reese - Senior Academic Counselor and International Programs Specialist

    Lorna graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manor with a B.A. in Liberal Studies: Public Relations. She had intended to pursue a career in tourism but soon returned to her passion of student counseling. From Hawaii to Oregon State University, Lorna received her M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration and ten years later a M.S. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Lorna started her career at UC San Diego as an Assistant Resident Dean at Revelle College and later held a position as Assistant Dean of Students at Eleanor Roosevelt College. Lorna has also worked at Project Concern International as Volunteer and Intern Coordinator and United States International University. Lorna is originally from the Big Island of Hawaii. She enjoys spending time with family and her sweet dog, Patches, traveling, exploring nature, gardening and experimenting with new recipes.

    Lorna has the joy of being both a Senior Academic Counselor advising ERC students as well as developing new international, service-learning programs for ERC as the college International Programs Specialist.
  • Gloria Aquino - Academic Counselor

    Gloria Aquino - Academic Counselor

    Gloria began her Academic Advising career at UC Davis. After moving to San Diego in 1991, she joined ERC Academic Advising as an Intake Counselor and later as an Academic Counselor.  She is the coordinator of the Degree Audit and Graduation process and liaison to Veterans Affairs. Gloria truly loves what she does stating “it’s all about the undergrads, I love working with them, laughing and crying with them, sharing the 'aha' moments, seeing them mature, giving them hugs at commencement, hearing them say thank you, and knowing I was briefly part of their lives.” In her time away from ERC Gloria enjoys raising her four boys, cooking, playing piano, attending youth symphony concerts (her twins play the oboe and violin), road trips, the beach, books that make her cry, food network, reality shows, and family gossip!
  • Amado Berrios - Academic Counselor

    Amado Berrios - Academic Counselor

    Amado graduated from UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies.  As an undergraduate, Amado worked as a Diversity Peer Educator intern at the Cross Cultural Center, an RA for Sixth College and as an Academic Transition Counselor, Summer Bridge Student Coordinator and OLC mentor at OASIS.  After graduating, Amado worked as an Intake Advisor at Sixth College Academic Advising.  During Amado’s time off from work he enjoys working out, playing and watching sports (Oakland Raiders, Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors), and simply relaxing watching TV at home.

  • Arnel Tan - Assistant Academic Counselor

    Arnel Tan - Assistant Academic Counselor

    Arnel graduated from UC San Diego’s Sixth College with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology in 2017.  As an undergraduate, he found a passion for helping and mentoring students through his student positions. Arnel worked as a Summer Bridge Intern, OLC Mentor, Academic Transition Counselor, and Special Projects Assistant at OASIS and as a Front Desk Assistant and Peer Advisor at Sixth College. During Arnel’s free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports (favorite sport: basketball, favorite team: Golden State Warriors), playing video games, working out, and watching TV and movies.

Peer Advising Staff for 2017 - 2018

  • Janell Ang

    Janell Ang

    Major: Human Development
    Minor: Education Studies
    Graduating Quarter: Spring, 2018
    Hometown: Rowland Heights, CA
    Years as an ERC Peer Advisor: 2

    Cocurricular Activities: LIFE Christian Fellowship

    Career Goals: To be an elementary school teacher or work in research for education reform.

  • Kelly Mayeda

    Kelly Mayeda

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Education Studies
    Graduating Quarter: Spring, 2019
    Hometown: San Jose, CA
    Years as an ERC Peer Advisor: 1

    Cocurricular Activities: Coomunications Coordinator for Academic Integrity Office, National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology

    Career Goals: I want to work professionally within higher education to  help create more equitable classrooms and equal opportunities, particularly within academic advising and student affairs.

    Advice for 1st and 2nd year students: Look into all the resources available to you! UCSD has a ton for you to take advantage of and help you get involved.

    Fun Fact: I've done Judo for 14 years and have my black belt.

  • Nate Wilbanks

    Nate Wilbanks

    Major: International Studies - International Business
    Graduating Quarter: Spring, 2019
    Hometown: San Jose, CA
    Years as an ERC Peer Advisor: 1

    Cocurricular Activities: Vice President Stewardship for UC San Diego Student Foundation

    Career Goals: Director of Advancement for a Public University

    Advice for 1st and 2nd year students: Don't be afraid to take a class that interests you if it doesn't fulfull a requirement and join an organization that keeps you busy.

Advising Student Assistant for 2016 - 2017

  • Vanessa Redondo

    Vanessa Redondo

    Major: Pharmacological Chemistry
    Graduating Quarter: Spring, 2020
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Years as an ERC Advising Student Assistant: 1

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Hours:

Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Phone: 858.534.9864

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